Sunburn Relief – The Natural Way

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The best way to get sunburn relief is the natural way.  Synthetic ingredients may feel good but they could add more harm to the sunburn damage.

The cause of sunburn is damage done by UV radiation that affects the living cells within the skin.  The cells basically commit suicide.  They will be sloughed off and gradually replaced by new, healthy cells.

Some peeling may occur, if you don't take measures to improve your skin's moisture content.  One of the things that the sun does is dry out your skin.

  • ·         How to Get Relief and Sleep Well

I always recommend the use of a restorative night cream to provide relief for sunburns and other kinds of skin irritations.  The brand that I recommend is can be found by clicking the link in the resource.  It is the ingredients in this particular night cream that makes it unique.

The ingredients include:

1.       Shea butter,

2.       Avocado oil,

3.       Keratin,

4.       Active manuka honey,

5.       Wakame kelp extracts and

6.       Coenzyme Q10. 

There is no other cream on the market that contains so many active ingredients.

  • ·         What are the Benefits of Those Ingredients?

Shea butter, wakame kelp and avocado oil have been used traditionally for sunburn relief.  In recent years, cocoa butter has become more popular, but cocoa butter is comedogenic.  It can clog the pores.  The last thing you need is to get a pimple while you are recovering from sunburn.

 Keratin has natural anti-inflammatory activity. When you apply it, you will feel immediate sunburn relief as it cools your skin, reduces redness and addresses the underlying issue of inflammation. 

Coenzyme Q10 will actually work to repair the damage done by the UV radiation.  That damage is why sunburns increase our risk of skin cancer.  With continued use, coenzyme Q10 has been shown to reverse sun damage.

Finally, active manuka honey will reduce the risk of infection that accompanies sunburns.  Until your skin heals, it is more susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections, because the outermost layer of skin is being replaced.  Active manuka honey has antibacterial and antifungal activity according to researchers.

  • ·         What Else Should You Do

You should wash the area gently, using cooler water than normal.  This can also reduce the burning and pain. 

If peeling does begin, don't be tempted to exfoliate.  Keep moisturizing until the peeling resolves.  Exfoliants normally cause tiny scratches on the skin.  If sunburn is present, there will be even more scratching, which will lead to more irritation and inflammation.  It will also further increase your risk of infection.

Scarring can occur if you are not careful about how you take care of your skin while sunburns are healing.  Shea butter helps to prevent scarring, but you should still use caution not to rub too hard or use anything irritating while you recover.

If you do not feel well, you can take some aspirin.  Remember to drink plenty of fluids.  The increased fluid intake will help your skin heal faster, too.

The night cream will provide quick relief from sunburn.  But you should use caution to ensure that sunburns are not a common occurrence.  They increase your risk of wrinkles, as well as skin cancer.  See the Resource Box below for a Skin Care Guide and Newsletter that will help you look younger and healthier.

17 Sep, 2011

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